Wine may be as old as civilization itself, but the delicious drink does not flow equally in every country.
In major cities, it seems as if there are as many wine shops as coffee shops. Is wine becoming mainstream? For some countries, absolutely. The Wine Institute, a trade group, looked at the countries with the most wine consumption per capita to get an idea of who had the most winos. And it may surprise you, but it's not the French. In the U.S., California produces the most wine, and it's the fourth-largest producer in the world (France, Italy and Spain top the list) – with a retail value of $18.5 billion in 2010, according to the Wine Institute. The wine industry is a major component of the U.S. economy, in that is also promotes tourism at the wineries, which helps small businesses thrive along the West Coast. Here we count down the top 10 countries that simply can’t live without wine. Read on to find out where the U.S. falls on the list. Photo Credit: tpetriep